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On the Topic of Math Sprints and Anxiety

Reflecting on my time at the two national math educator's meetings, one interesting dichotomy appeared over timed fact tests. On the one side was Jo Boaler stating that timed tests are the root of math anxiety. Pushback came from others, most notably Greg Tang and Scott Baldridge pointing out that kids are timed in real life. They are put under pressure in real life. Students should learn from … [Keep Reading...]

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Slides and Handouts from my NCSM/NCTM Presentations

It was so fun to present not one, not two, but three, sessions at recent national math educators’ annual conferences in Boston. At both the NCSM and NCTM**, Lauri Susi and I presented "Strip Models, Tape Diagrams, and Bar Models, Oh My!” Slides that accompanied that presentation are online. Some slides don't have the bar models on them as we drew them in during the session.   … [Keep Reading...]

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About that “Singapore Math” Problem that has Gone Viral

If you spend much time on the internet, you are probably aware that a math problem from Singapore is in the news. It challenges readers to determine Cheryl's birthday based on an impossibly small set of clues. In a report, the New York Times compared this problem to that of the “color-changing dress that blew out the neural circuits of the internet.” The story’s headline: "A Math Problem from … [Keep Reading...]

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Dispatches from 2015 National Math Educator Conferences

This week, I'm attending the 2015 Annual Meetings of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Boston. I presented Strip Models, Tape Diagrams, and Bar Models, Oh My! at NCSM on Tuesday and will do a similar session at NCTM on Thursday. I'm excited to share some resources that are now available!  New bar modeling … [Keep Reading...]

Top 10 Tips

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I get LOTS of questions from teachers and administrators with questions about the Singapore Math® program. Recently, several fellow trainers have reached out to seek my advice (Wow!). One asked: What would you are say the biggest 10 things to consider when using/implementing a Singapore Math curriculum? Here's my … [Keep Reading...]

Making Math Masters

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My students love math class. In fact, many will tell you math is their favorite subject. Why? They’ll tell you it’s because Singapore math is fun. I’d say it’s because once they understand how math works, they become confident in their abilities. So what exactly is Singapore math? Wait, math from Singapore? Isn’t that … [Keep Reading...]

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Looking for the Best Singapore Math® Materials?

Or resources to help students? These new pages should help. Every year, I respond to hundreds of inquiries from teachers, administrators and parents seeking more information about the … [Keep Reading...]

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Previewing NCTM 2015 Conference Singapore Math Sessions

The NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting & Exposition program is now online and it's time for my annual review of Singapore Mathematics sessions. Due to Common Core … [Keep Reading...]

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Our Journey to Singapore: A Singapore Math Adoption Success Story

For some time, I've wanted to share stories of schools that have successfully implemented a Singapore Math curriculum. To present the first such case study, I asked my colleague Beth Curran to … [Keep Reading...]

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Happy Pi Day!

Why Pi Matters - Steven Strogatz The beauty of pi, in part, is that it puts infinity within reach. … [Keep Reading...]

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Who to see at National Math Educators Conferences this year?

Me! As a full-time trainer and instructional coach, I know the importance of professional development and continuing education. Since embarking on this career path seven years ago, I’ve attended … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks

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I’ve just returned from my tenth consecutive week of travel and welcome the arrival of Thanksgiving. A brief break from out-of-town training and coaching jobs affords the opportunity to once again … [Keep Reading...]

Blue=School Training; Yellow=BER Seminar or Conference; Green=School Training and BER Event; Red=SDE Conference

In each of the past few years, I've taken some time to reflect on the wonderful opportunities I've experienced during the preceding 12 months (Here are Giving Thanks reflections from 2012 and … [Keep Reading...]